Another veggie that is in season now are sweet potatoes.
There is a very sweet potato (pardon the pun) called Anno-imo (ahn-know-ee-mow). It is grown on Tanegashima, a tiny island that is part of Kagoshima prefecture.
The flesh is orangy but when cooked turns a bright yellow.
I recently made some sweet potato salad with it. The regular satsumaimo is almost "white" compared to the anno-imo. (see the photo above)
Here's the recipe if you'd like to try making this.
2 small green bell peppers, chopped
1/4 red bell pepper, chopped
part of a red onion, diced
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup salad oil
grinds of pepper
Wash your potatoes well
Steam your potatoes until they are soft to your liking
Peel potatoes while they are still warm
Make dressing and set aside
Chop all veggies
Cut up potatoes into bite sized pieces
Combine and if possible chill overnight
NOTES: I like the sweet-sour combo of this salad. Satoshi had no idea what I had made this salad of and thought it looked like pineapple at first. After taking a bite, he realized it was sweet potato.
I'm making this again.